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February 22, 2022

CBA Legal Aid Committee Shares Annual Legal Aid Highlights for 2021

The Chicago Bar Association Legal Aid Committee this month celebrated the impressive achievements of our legal aid community in 2021 and released their annual highlights booklet. 

The Legal Aid Committee, chaired this year by Kaethe Morris Hoffer from the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE), brings together representatives from dozens of legal aid organizations serving the […]

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February 9, 2022

You are Invited to the 28th Annual Pro Bono Fair on February 24!

The 28th Annual Pro Bono and Community Service Fair is just around the corner! This free, in-person event will be held on Thursday, February 24, 2022 from 5pm to 7pm and will generously be hosted by Kirkland & Ellis at 300 N. LaSalle in Chicago.  The Fair is cosponsored by the CBA Young Lawyers Section and the […]

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February 2, 2022

Welcome Elise & Mercedes!

The CBF is excited to welcome two new members to the CBF staff: Associate Director of Advocacy & Programs, Elise Tincher, and Program Manager for Illinois Justice Corps, Mercedes Boykin. Both Elise and Mercedes joined the CBF staff last month and have already proven to be integral members of the CBF team.

As Associate Director of […]

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January 28, 2022

cclahd logoCBF and Cook County Award Grants to Fund Community Outreach Efforts for CCLAHD Program

Earlier this month, the CBF and Cook County announced the recipients of outreach grants to 24 community-based organizations across Cook County totaling $180,000. The grants will fund community outreach efforts for the Cook County Legal Aid for Housing and Debt (CCLAHD) program. CCLAHD is a countywide initiative aimed at helping residents resolve eviction, foreclosure, debt, […]

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January 27, 2022

A Macro-Legal-Economics Class We All Should Take

By Bob Glaves | CBF Executive Director

So yeah, I made up a new word here, but there is a method to the madness. If you ever took a class in economics, you may remember that microeconomics focuses on individual businesses and distinct areas of the market, while macroeconomics looks at the broader dynamics that drive […]

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January 26, 2022

Congrats and thanks Judge Jacobius!

January brings the bittersweet news that Judge Moshe Jacobius, the longtime Presiding Judge for the Chancery Division in the Circuit Court of Cook County, is retiring at the end of the month.

Judge Jacobius has been a great leader and partner on access to justice issues throughout his more than 11 years as Presiding Judge in […]

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January 25, 2022

Starting 2022 on the Right Foot

The start of a new year is always a welcome time to set new goals and to look forward. As we begin this new year, it is also important to reflect on where we have been, and specifically for purposes of this article, I mean in our practice.

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January 24, 2022

CBF Honored by National Conference of Bar Foundations

The CBF is the proud recipient of the 2021 President’s Award from the National Conference of Bar Foundations (NCBF). NCBF recognized the CBF for our longtime leadership role in NCBF and the bar foundation community, highlighted most recently by the CBF hosting a successful 2021 NCBF Annual Meeting in Chicago this past summer, NCBF’s first […]

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January 20, 2022

The JEP Welcomes Second All-Female Cohort

On January 10, 2022, the CBF Justice Entrepreneurs Project welcomed its eighteenth cohort into the program. This all-female cohort, the second in JEP history, is ready to put their entrepreneurial and legal skills to work as they build socially conscious and innovative practices focused on increasing access to legal solutions for underserved people and small businesses in […]

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January 18, 2022

karen hamiltonGood luck Karen and Welcome Jess!

After 13 years at The Chicago Bar Foundation, Karen Hamilton, Director of Finance & Operations, has left the CBF for an exciting opportunity to work at her local park district. Karen served in a variety of roles for the CBF from 2006-2013, and after a brief move out of state, she rejoined the CBF staff […]

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